West Cottage is a 'picture-postcard' pretty, semi-detached, traditional stone cottage, one of a small group of houses in a sheltered position between the villages of Lilliesleaf and Midlem, not far from Melrose in the heart of the beautiful Scottish Borders. It stands on a quiet and private farm road with its own attractive enclosed garden (furniture) to one side. Inside, it has been modernised to create an unpretentious and very comfortable house complete with open fire in the sitting room to supplement the electric heating. The dining kitchen is of a generous size and there are two bedrooms. It is easy to reach Edinburgh (40m) from West Cottage and with towns such as Hawick, Selkirk and Jedburgh being much closer you are in an excellent position to explore all the surrounding countryside from the superb beaches of the Northumberland and Berwickshire coast to the sheep-covered hills and green valleys of the central Borders.
This is wonderful walking country, whether it be a stroll along the river banks, through the woodland or, for the more energetic, the Southern Upland Way or St Cuthbert's Way, both of which pass through nearby Melrose. Cyclists will enjoy the peace and quiet of the country roads or they may be tempted by the world-class mountain-biking trails through hill and forest at Innerleithen and Cardrona, only a 30-minute drive away. The Borders area is also famous for its riding. The nearest stables are at Ashkirk (5m) which also has a golf course, one of several excellent courses in the vicinity.
Each Border town has its own particular character. Each, too, has some interesting shops, good eating places, leisure centres and outlets where you can buy the woollen and cashmere garments which made the region famous. You also have a host of country houses, castles, keeps, ruined abbeys and lovely gardens to discover.
Heating is by electricity, convector heaters and open-fire (starter pack INCLUDED). Bed-linen is INCLUDED and towels can be hired. Pets are welcome.
Accommodation (sleeps 3):
- Sitting room with open-fire, TV/Video/DVD and Hi-fi.
- Kitchen/Dining with electric-cooker, fridge, microwave, washing
- machine and tumble-drier etc.
- Bathroom with bath, WC and basin.
- Double-bed room.
- Single-bed room.